Aconcagua 2002!

Dispatch#19 January 6th, 2002.  Mendoza, Argentina. Team I Hello from Argentina, this is Willi Prittie reporting for the first Alpine Ascents International expedition of the 2002 Season. We had a somewhat eventful walk out, we left base camp about a day before a very large storm cycle came through, had some adventures with some high river crossings, at least one waist-deep crossing on the Rellenchos River on the way out and in general very damp cold windy conditions on the walk out, including some snowfall.  But we all made it to Mendoza in one piece, had a great, truly great steak dinner here in Mendoza last night, and then many people went out for a night on the town, sampled some of the night life here in Mendoza and that of course brought it's own adventures, and most of us began stringing home at about 7am this morning.

In any case, it's a beautiful day here in Mendoza, it's not overly hot like when we left, but temperatures have been in the mid to high 70's, and we're all enjoying what for some people will be the last night here before they fly home.  All in all we believe it had been a very successful expedition, we've all had fun, we've all come back with everything we started out with in term of body parts, those are some really important things on an expedition.  So this is a wrap-up of the first expedition of the season, and of course there's much more to come here, ciao for now.


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